Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Applications for the Spring 2020 session are closed. 

The Spring session will begin February 2, 2020 and run through May 9. Orientations for new volunteers will be held January 21, 22 and 23 from 4:30 to 7 pm each night. Attendance at one orientation is mandatory if you are not volunteering during the Fall 2019 session.

You would make a great volunteer if...

  • You are an enrolled undergraduate with an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare. 
  • You have a proactive demeanor and selfless mindset.
  • You have a professional and positive attitude.
  • You can commit to one 4-hour shift per week during a given session.

We offer volunteers...

  • Experience supporting patients, caregivers and staff on inpatient care units.
  • Exposure to professionals administering patient care in a premier hospital.
  • Service to the community.
  • An opportunity to gain a letter of recommendation for participation in an elite hospital program.

What volunteers may do...

  • Converse with patients
  • Stock medical supplies
  • Change bed linens
  • Organize clinical documents
  • Conduct infection control audits
  • Transport patients via wheelchair
  • Prepare patient rooms for meal time
  • Observe day-to-day activities on a patient care unit
  • Interact with hospital staff including physicians, nurses and advanced practices providers

We do not provide...

  • Shadowing opportunities.
  • Reimbursement for costs associated with the volunteer application process or program.
  • Free parking.
  • Medical or clinical training.
  • Course credits or internships.

To volunteer you must...

  1. Submit an application, which is not complete until documentation for Step 2 is submitted.
  2. Provide you immunization/vaccination records.
    • MMR – Measles, Mumps, rubella
    • Varicella – Chicken pox
    • TB test within 90 days of your start date
    • Flu vaccination the Spring Session only
  3. Call the Volunteer Services office to dictate your social security number
  4. Attend orientation prior to the start date
  5. Complete a background check
  6. Pass on-line training modules

When may I apply?

  • Fall Session (September-December), applications open in June
  • Spring Session (January-May), applications open in October
  • Summer Session (May-August), applications open in March
    * All sessions will close when all assignments have been filled or one week prior to orientation

I have read and understand all above information and wish to apply.

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